|empire_muses (empire_muses) wrote in original_muse,|
@ 2010-09-10 09:59:00
[OM] Character Questions #1 (Andy)
Character Development Studies - Set 1 - Childhood
1. Where were you born? Raised?
Birkenhead, The Wirral, (near Liverpool) in England. And raised in the same place on a council estate.
2. Who was the most influential person in your childhood?
I don't know. Probably my oldest brother, Mick. We all hung out together.
3. What were your favorite hobbies as a child?
Tagging, football, beating up other kids, smashing windows...general hooligan stuff.
4. How were you punished, when you misbehaved?
My dad's philosophy was, 'don't get caught'. If we were, we got a hiding.
5. What food always reminds you of childhood?
Cheap takeaway curries, the kind where you're on the loo for half the night after.
6. What was your favorite toy?
My bike (that I nicked from a neighbour's house).
7. Did you suck your thumb?
Not that I can remember.
8. Describe your most embarrassing childhood moment.
I don't know. It didn't do to get embarrassed, or at least show it. With three brothers, and being one of the youngest, pranks and humiliation were an everyday happening. One that does stick in my mind was when I really fancied this girl and John found out. That lasted a few weeks and several punch-ups.
9. How were you educated?
Just a regular comprehensive. Left at 16, no qualifications.
10. How would you describe your personality as a child? Is it different now? Why?
I was a thug then, and lots would call me the same now, but I did grow up, learned a profession first in the Marines and then with Hsu. It's different now because not only do I have security, but I've got focus. In a lot of ways, I'm much less violent now than I was then.
11. Did you have siblings? Describe them, and your relationship with them.
I had three brothers (Mick, John, and Aaron), with me being second youngest, the MacDonald Boys, and quite well known around our way, and to the police. We were tight, always together. We'd fight, sure, but if one of us got in trouble, we'd all get them out.
12. Did you get along with your parents?
I guess. My dad had been made redundant from the docks, and he ruled the home, when he wasn't down the bookies or pub. He was hard as nails, so we boys had to live up to that. Mam could be just as fiercesome, but she loved us, and was a smashing cook.
13. Tell us about the moment you knew that childhood was over.
I won't use the cliche losing virginity thing (I was fifteen and very unmemorable), but the day I walked into a Royal Marines recruiting office.
14. Thinking back, list some of your favorite cultural things from childhood. That might be songs, movies, plays, trends, fashions, shows, crazes...be creative.
Football, football, football. And more specifically, Liverpool FC.
15. What did you look like?
Younger than now, leaner and with more hair.
16. How was your health, as a child?
Aside from bruises, stitches, a couple of broken bones, pretty good.
17. Did you have a "comfort device", such as a teddy bear, blankie or such? Do you still have it?
Oh yeah, sure I did. *eyeroll*
18. What was the most traumatic event in your childhood?
I don't know if there was anything really traumatic. There was a little girl down our road got hit by a car going too fast, she was probably about five. Then there was this big fight at a building site, and this one kid fell onto this rusted steel spike thing. I heard later he was in a wheelchair.
19. What holidays did you enjoy, as a kid?
We managed to go a couple of times to a caravan park in Rhyll...oh, you don't mean vacation type holidays. I guess Christmas. We didn't get much, but all the family was over, and mam always made sure there was plenty of food. Then in the evening, it was down the pub.
20. Did you have chores or other responsibilities as a child?
Not to get nicked?